Every Monday, I recommend a book, TV show, movie, podcast, comic, or video game that are related to sci-fi/fantasy in some way. My goal in doing this is to draw attention to some great works as well as some amazing indie content producers.
This week I am recommending fantasy film Willow (1988).
From the mind of the great George Lucas, I'd been aware of this film for some time before I was finally able to sit down and watch it. I even gambled and bought it new on Blu-Ray because I was convinced I'd like it enough.
I was not wrong.
While in many ways it's a fairly typical fantasy film, it's well-done. The effects are very good for the time and it's great to see actors with dwarfism featured in prominent roles. It's nice to see a lot of female characters, especially with one as the main villain and another the subject of a prophecy that sets the story in motion.
I wish certain deleted scenes had been included in the actual film to give the actions and backstories of certain characters more depth and alleviate a plot hole, but these are fairly minor issues.
It's too bad this film isn't as well known. Hopefully that will change, especially with the announcement that they're developing a TV series.